Coast Guard rescues sailboat crew off Long Island

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The US Coast Guard rescued four injured sailors who became stranded in choppy waters off Long Island over the weekend after their boat was pounded by a “rogue wave”.

The incident happened 80 miles south of Montauk, New York, where four men were sailing Sunday aboard a 39-foot vessel named Calypso, the Coast Guard said.

A dramatic video released on Tuesday shows a member of the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from the US Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod jumping into Long Island Sound to evacuate sailors from the damaged boat.

According to the authorities, a “rogue wave” overturned the mast of the Calypso and injured the four sailors, who were able to call for help.

The 39-foot sailboat Calypso was damaged by a “rogue” wave.
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The group was stranded about 80 miles from Montauk, Long Island.
The group was stranded about 80 miles from Montauk, Long Island.
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The US Coast Guard had to rescue four sailors stranded off the coast of Long Island after a wave damaged their boat.
The US Coast Guard had to rescue four sailors stranded off Long Island after a wave damaged their boat.
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The Coast Guard said the rescue mission was complicated by rough seas, gusty winds and diminishing sunlight.

“There were 16 to 17 foot waves there at the time,” master Briana Carter told the Boston Globe.

The operation involved jumping a rescue swimmer into the water, assessing the victims’ injuries and placing them in a rescue basket to hoist them into the helicopter hovering overhead, as seen in the 2 minute video.

The Coast Guard's rescue mission was complicated by poor conditions, including 16- to 17-foot waves.
The Coast Guard’s rescue mission was complicated by poor conditions, including 16- to 17-foot waves.
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A crew member from the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter jumped into Long Island Sound to rescue sailors.
A crew member from the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter jumped into Long Island Sound to rescue sailors.
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One of the sailors is lifted by the helicopter crew.
One of the sailors is lifted by the helicopter crew.
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The crew of the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter after the rescue mission.
The crew of the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter after the rescue mission.
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“It was probably the best example of crew coordination and teamwork of any rescue I’ve been involved in,” Coast Guard Lt. Nick Zablotny told WBZ-TV.

Officials said the victims were brought ashore safely and taken to hospital for treatment. Some of them had bruised ribs and concussions.

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